A Policy Framework for Producing Age-Friendly Communities from the Perspective of Production of Space

Jianbo Han, Edwin H.W. Chan, Esther H.K. Yung, Queena K. Qian, Patrick T.I. Lam

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Given various hindrances in the macro context, how to efficiently develop age-friendly community policies requires further research. Currently, such kinds of frameworks are lacking. This paper aims to develop a policy framework to minimise cost and resolve conflict of interest between different generations in age-friendly community development. The study adopted a scientometric method to review the theoretical development of age-friendly community studies. Firstly, with a search for the keywords “age-friendly” and “community” on Web of Science, 72 English academic papers were found containing explicit theories. Most of the studies were conducted in the Global North. Then, a mixed analytical method was used to find a suitable theory, “the production of space”, to develop the policy framework. Lastly, a policy framework was developed to overcome barriers to age-friendly community development strategically. Echoing previous studies, this paper proposes a way to counter financial austerity in age-friendly initiative investment and balance the consideration for older and younger populations in urban development. For practice, the policy framework can provide a reference for more efficient age-friendly community policymaking in different regions. For future research, the framework provides a model for more empirical studies considering the social dynamics in age-friendly community development.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2031
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2022


  • Age-friendly community
  • Policy study
  • Scientometric analysis
  • The production of space
  • Theory review
  • Urban planning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pollution
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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